59 days in Japan Itinerary

59 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 2 nights
Drive
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Matsumoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train to Bungo-Ogi, Taxi to Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho-cho
— 3 nights
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Drive to Kumamoto, Train to Kagoshima Chuo Station, Ferry to Yakushima-cho
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
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Onna-son
— 5 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote
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Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly to Osaka Kansai, Train to Nachikatsura-cho
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive
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Ise
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 3 nights
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Tokyo

Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Visit Asakusa Shrine and Senso-ji Temple for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nezu Shrine and Shibamata Taishakuten (Taishakuten Daikyoji Temple). Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Chikurin Park (in Higashikurume) and Kiyose Sunflower Farm (in Kiyose). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at teamLab☆Planets, contemplate the long history of Sengaku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, and don't miss a visit to Hozomon.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo holiday planning app.

Los Angeles, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Tokyo. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 2 — 7:

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Nikko

A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakushido, stroll through Italian Embassy House Memorial Park, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Nantai, then head outdoors with Odashirogahara, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Onsenji Temple. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Kirifuri Highlands Kisuge Plain, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get engrossed in the history at Kanaya Hotel History House, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Cryptomeria Avenue.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nikko trip builder tool.

You can drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Nikko, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 9:

5
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Matsumoto

A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tsugaike Natural Park and Yohashira Shrine. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kaichi Gakko Primary School and Fukashi Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Matsumoto: Hakuba-mura (Happo Pond & Happo-one Nature Study Course). And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Matsumoto Castle, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Norikura, wander the streets of Nakamachi Street, and contemplate the long history of Former Catholic Church Priest House.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Matsumoto tour builder.

Drive from Nikko to Matsumoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 9 — 14:

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Kanazawa

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ainokura Gassho Community and Shirayama Hime Shrine. Get in touch with nature at Shomyo Falls and Mount Hakusan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Tateyama-machi (Bijodaira & Midagahara), Natadera Temple (in Komatsu) and Nanto (Suganuma Gassho Community, Gokayama, &more). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Maruoka Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izumi Shrine, explore the gorgeous colors at Tojimbo Cliff, and stroll around Kenrokuen Garden.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 14 — 19:

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Hiroshima

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Daishoin Temple and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Takatoridai and Shiraito River. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (To no Oka, Senjokaku, &more), Former Naval Academy (in Etajima) and JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, and contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima journey site.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. July in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 76°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 19 — 23:

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Takachiho-cho

The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Visiting Takachiho Gorge and Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Takachiho Shrine and Amano Iwato Shrine. There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Amano Yasugawara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aratate Shrine, take in the dramatic natural features at Tatsugaiwa Water Fall, and take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Takachiho-cho road trip app.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Hiroshima to Takachiho-cho takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 26:

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Yakushima-cho

A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): get outside with Isso Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaku Shrine, and then see the interesting displays at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Yakushimacho History and Folklore Archives and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho trip builder tool.

You can do a combination of car, train, and ferry from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Yakushima-cho can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 28:
Highlights from your trip

5
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Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Explore hidden gems such as Sefa-Utaki and Bisezaki. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kemmin no Mori Forest Science Museum and Futenmagu. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Onna-son: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Nago), Udunyama (in Yonabaru-cho) and Sunabe No.1 (in Chatan-cho). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Manza Beach, identify plant and animal life at Manza Dream Hole, head outdoors with Tiger Beach, and Head underground at Blue Cave.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Onna-son vacation builder site.

Traveling by flight from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. July in Onna-son sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 79°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 28 — Aug 2:

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Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Explore hidden gems such as Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Nakama-river Protected Region. Escape the urban bustle at Iriomote Island and Funauki Village. There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Todomari Beach, and head outdoors with Shirahama Port.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Iriomote-jima journey maker website.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Onna-son to Iriomote-jima takes 7 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 81°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 5:

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Ishigaki

Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Get some cultural insight at Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ishigaki: Kuro-shima (Kuroshima Lighthouse, Nakamoto Beach, &more). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape, head outdoors with Maezato Beach, and make a trip to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip maker site.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. In August in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 81°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 10:

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Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Visit Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Harimizu Utaki for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yabiji and Nagamahama Beach Coast. The adventure continues: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get outside with Marine Leisure Sports of Shigira Beach House, examine the collection at Yukishio Museum, and kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip planner.

Getting from Ishigaki to Miyakojima by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in August, and nighttime lows around 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 14:

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Nachikatsura-cho

The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fudarakusanji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha, then identify plant and animal life at Shingu Inosawa Ukijima Plant Community, and finally steep yourself in history at Ruins of Shingu Castle. On the next day, take a peaceful walk through Nachi Primeval Forest, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, then stroll through Kinomatsushima Island, and finally head outdoors with Kujirahama Beach.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Nachikatsura-cho trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Miyakojima to Nachikatsura-cho in 9 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Nachikatsura-cho can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 80°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 16:

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Kyoto

The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kennin-ji Temple and Shimogamo Jinja. Step out of the city life by going to Mt. Kurama and Yase Momiji no Komichi. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kifune Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishi Honganji, and see the interesting displays at Kyoto Railway Museum.

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Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 22:

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Ise

A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yamato-hime Shrine, contemplate the long history of Hinjitsukan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futami Okitama Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Meotoiwa, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Asama. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Naiku Kaguraden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kazahinominomiya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Jingu Chokokan Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kazenomiya.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ise route builder.

Drive from Kyoto to Ise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kyoto in August, you will find days in Ise are a bit cooler (85°F), and nights are about the same (82°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Nara.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 22 — 25:

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Nara

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): admire the striking features of Todai-ji Temple Nandai Gate and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuguji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Horyu-ji Temple, and finally stroll around Nara Park.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nara vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Ise to Nara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Ise in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Nara, with highs around 91°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 81°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 25 — 28:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.